Farming/Gardening

Farming Lingo–A Short and Incomplete Glossary

Farming Lingo–A Short and Incomplete Glossary

3 by / on March 14, 2013, 6:34 pm / in Farming/Gardening, Ponderings, Preservation Projections

Cover crops, row covers, open pollination, cold frames, indeterminate and determinate–I didn’t used to have a clue what these terms meant–and I’ve still got a lot to learn.  And I call myself a farmer! I figured learning the lingo of farming is kinda like knowing the name of a tree, or bird.  The more you know the more you Pay […]

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Good Work

Good Work

8 by / on March 9, 2013, 8:57 am / in Farming/Gardening, Ponderings

  I’m observing robins in their mating rituals these days, and gnats, too. At least I think so.  A bunch of gnats danced kinda slowly in an oblong circle, swooping up and falling down over the creek, keeping their waltzy dance within some invisible boundary over a particular spot in the creek.  Every so often a couple would bump.  I’m […]

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Chicken Poop Tea (for seedlings)

Chicken Poop Tea (for seedlings)

9 by / on March 3, 2013, 8:23 pm / in Chickens, Farming/Gardening, Preservation Projections

So, imagine that about a month ago you planted seedlings that have been basking under some cool white lights and growing happily towards spring. You faintly taste broccoli and cabbage every time you water them, which you can do literally if you eat the leaves off any seedlings that you thin. About now your seedlings will get hungry for more […]

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Cortland onions

Starting Seedlings

2 by / on February 22, 2013, 6:13 pm / in Farming/Gardening, Preservation Projections

  Why start your own seeds when you can buy plants at a garden center when it’s time to plop them in the ground?  Here are three reasons: 1) Because when the weather outside is blustery and spring feels like a long ways away you can play in the dirt and watch things grow and remember that spring cometh… 2) Because […]

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Free-Range, Cage-Free, Vegetarian Fed, Naturally Raised — What Do Egg Labels Mean?

Free-Range, Cage-Free, Vegetarian Fed, Naturally Raised — What Do Egg Labels Mean?

4 by / on February 18, 2013, 7:35 am / in Chickens, Farming/Gardening, Preservation Projections

The label on our egg carton claims Fern Creek hens are “pasture raised and naturally grown”.  People who buy our eggs can come visit our farm and see what we mean by that.  Otherwise, it’s hard to communicate much with a label. Someone buying eggs labeled pastured and naturally raised (or free-range, vegetarian-diet, cage-free or certified organic) at a grocery store […]

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